Big Names Already Scratched from Grand National

The annual running of the Grand National at Aintree race track is still over a week away, and already a number of the favourites from recent years have been scratched from the field. The betting lines will change a lot over the next week before the race starts, but the loss of some big names from the field is worth noting in advance as serious bettors are already tracking the odds on a daily basis in the run up to the Grand National.

Two-Time Favourite Ruled Out

Seabass, a favourite at the past two Grand Nationals, has been ruled out of the Grand National. Ted Walsh is responsible for training Seabass and his daughter, jockey Katie Walsh, was the mount’s rider in the past two Grand National races. Seabass was an 8/1 favourite in the 2012 Grand National when Walsh managed a record placed-finish for a female jockey with a third place finish. Last year as an 11/2 favourite, Seabass finished in a more disappointing 13th place.

Also ruled out in recent days was On His Own. Trained by Willie Mullins, On His Own finished as the runner-up at the recent Cheltenham Gold Cup. Given the short turnaround between the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the exhausting race at Grand National, trainers have decided to leave On His Own out of the Grand National.

Grand National Field Narrows

This week yet another horse has been ruled out by trainers as Goulanes was scratched from the Grand National on 24 March. Goulanes had been facing 20/1 odds at the Grand National before winning the Midlands version of the National, run at Uttoxeter on 15 March. David Pipe is Goulanes trainer and says that after the eight year old gelding returned to his home, it appeared he wouldn’t be ready for the 2014 Grand National.

Rather than push the horse for the 2014 Grand National, Pipe said that Goulanes will be prepared over the next year for an appearance in the 2015 Grand National. With the departure of Seabass, On His Own, and Goulanes, the field of horses ready to appear in the 2014 Grand National stands at 73 horses.

The Grand National Field for 2014

Bettors should know that at the moment there are still 73 horses in line to appear at the 2014 Grand National. However, the maximum number of horses allowed in the field is 40. Race officials expect that, unlike in other years, the number of horses is unlikely to dip below 40 on its own before the 5 April race at the Grand National.

If the field doesn’t narrow itself down before 5 April, race officials will eliminate horses from the field which are the lowest rated for the race. The odds makers have had to shake up the top of the board following the announcement of numerous dropouts. Seabass had been a favourite, but Teaforthree has now ascended to the top of the betting boards.

Teaforthree finished in third place last year at Grand National and will be the only placed horse from last year’s race to run on 5 April. Last year’s winner, the 66/1 Auroras Encore, has been retired and will not appear in 2014. The second place finisher from 2014, Cappa Bleu, has also been ruled out with an injury.

Bettors Beware

Before logging on and placing your bets with, make sure you are keeping up with the latest scratches and lineup changes. While many scratches are irrelevant, the loss of favourites like Seabass and On His Own have a bigger impact on odds makers’ thinking than others. Our Grand National betting odds are updated every 15 seconds so any non runners are removed from the betting as it happens. Dont forget nearly all our bookmakers have generous Free bet offers especially Bet365.